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That's Not What We Meant to Do: Reform and Its Unintended Consequences in Twentieth-Century America

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An investigation into the chasm between the good intentions of legislators and the results of their legislation. Gillon discusses welfare policy, community mental health reform and immigration acts, and describes the unintended consenqueces of their enactment.
Hardcover, 286 pages
Published May 1st 2000 by W. W. Norton & Company
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Jeffrey Williams
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Steven M. Gillon's study should become a "classic work" in short order as he gives us five key case studies where the intent behind the policies of campaign finance reform, immigration, civil rights, mental health and welfare were sound, but the practical application of these five acts has done anything but what they were intended to do.

Gillon's narrative is well-researched and balanced. He does not take sides with either the Republicans or Democrats but presents a balanced approach to understa
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May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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You'd expect a book on 20th century history of liberal social policies to be boring, but this well-written book traces the flow of ideas, politics and consequences with a pleasant brevity and a clear focus on important details. Surprisingly readable and good for getting an overview of how we arrived at the current state. Chapters cover topics like welfare, affirmative action, political campaign financing, and others.
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